Find resources

 

We provide a wide array of high-quality resources to help make your studies a success. As a starting point, we recommend you use Library Search - the gateway to the Library's information resources in both print and electronic form, including books, journals, newspapers and databases.

We've also listed other recommended resources and study aids below, each offering a different way of extending your knowledge.

Resource guidance

They are many ways to search for information to use in you research and assessments. Each source comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is valuable to explore a diverse range of sources rather than consistently depending on a single one.

Google

User friendly and straightforward. Google is an excellent tool for discovering definitions and background information to enhance your knowledge. The better you grasp the content, the more effective your searches will become. Information may lack accuracy and depth, making it unsuitable for academic writing and research. Evaluate the content you find to ensure its relevance and appropriateness for your intended purpose.

Use our eLearning on Search the web well for University work to develop your information search skills and for tips on how to search the web well for academic research and assessments.

Google Scholar

Access to a wide variety of resources including articles, books, and "grey literature" like conference proceedings on a huge number of subjects. You can explore academic articles related to your research interests track citation frequency. While its coverage is extensive, it is not comprehensive. Yes it can serve as a valuable research source, but it is advisable not to rely solely on it.

Google Scholar often links to articles on publisher websites, where subscriptions or article fees may be required. Avoid paying for articles; instead, install Lean Library to locate a copy of the item.

Use our eLearning on Search the web well for University work to develop your information search skills and discover how Lean Library can save you time, and money, when searching.

Reading Lists

Your module team has created a Reading List specifically for your module. These bespoke lists provide a starting point for the essential texts you should consider reading. Your module team will expect you to explore additional sources beyond the provided reading list, so be sure to search for information from other sources too.

Work though the eLearning on Module Reading Lists and how they can help with assessments will guide you through the purpose of reading lists and how to use the information in them to help you complete your assessment.

Library Search

Simplify your academic research with Library Search, a tool designed to assist you in discovering reliable and trustworthy academic information for your assessments and research. With Library Search we have brought together a collection of reliable and credible academic sources, ensuring they align with your requirements for completing assessments and meeting your research needs. It simplifies your research and has advanced features which can save you time and help you get better results.

Check out How to use Library Search to find academic information to use in your assessments.

Unlock the power of information

Ready to dive into a treasure trove of knowledge? Let's explore some awesome tools that'll make your research game strong!

Google

Start your knowledge quest with Google - it's like a magic door to definitions and background info. But watch out! It's easy to use, but not everything you find is gold. Double-check for accuracy and depth before using it for your academic work.

Further help: Search the web well for University work

Google Scholar

Time to level up! Google Scholar is like a goldmine of articles, perfect for digging deeper into your interests. But hey, don't get too comfy. It's not the be-all and end-all. Mix it up with other sources and save some of your time and cash by using Lean Library.

Further help: Search the web well for University work

Reading Lists

Your secret weapon! These lists are tailor-made for your courses, giving you a head start on the must-reads. But don't stop there - explore beyond your Reading Lists to really excel in your studies.

Further help: Module Reading Lists and how they can help with assessments

Library Search

Think of Library Search as your academic sidekick. It makes finding reliable sources a breeze, so you can spend less time searching and more time acing your assignments.

Further help: How to use Library Search to find academic information to use in your assessments